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Hertford. Perquimans County, North Carolina. Friday, May 11, 1945.
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BY BOIID SOLICITORS SEVENTH WAR LOAN
County Canvassers to
i On Sale E Bonds
Memberships in Perquimans Coun
ty's newest club the 1800 Club are
now being accepted by members of
the county's war finance solicitors,
who are selling war bonds during the
Seventh War Loan. Membership in
the new club is not limited and the
only requirement for membership is
that a person purchase a $100 Series
E war bond, to help Perquimans
County achieve its Seventh War Loan
Names of the members of the
club, and it is growing each day, will
be published in The Weekly. The
purpose of the club is to obtain 1,800
members, thus assuring the E bond
goal for the Seventh War Loan.
A meeting of the County War Fi
nance Committee was held at the
Court House last Friday night and it
was decided the house to house so
licitor, while they would not turn
down any orders for any types of
bonds, will concentrate on selling
Series E bonds during the drive.
School children of the ' county are
now conducting a canvass which they
will close on May 21, but the adult
solicitors will continue the work
through June 30, the closing date of
the Seventh War Loan.
A $25 war bond will be awarded to
the adult solicitor who sells the larg
est amount in E bonds during this
drive. This prize is in addition to
the prizes to foe awarded school chil
dren for their efforts
R. M. Riddick, chairman of the
War Finance Committee, told that
group at the meeting last week that
the big problem facing the county
in this drive is the, meeting ef the
E bond flaota, which is the highest
the eoontv has Aver had rtllfintr ortxr
bond drive, and he urged the solici
tors to work at the task harder than
ever before to insure Pertroimans
County of maintaining its splendid
record during- war loan drives,- Here-
oBS .of the nMahtieof the State
to report its quota sold.
He explained the 1800 Club and
said that any person who desires to
join the club can do so by purchas
ing a $100 war bond and thus in
vesting the money in the war to
knock Japan out and secure final vic
tory. European Victory
In Hertford Tuesday
Awaiting the official announcement
or President Truman of the sur
render of Germany, this community
observed V-E Day Tuesday follow
ing the 9 o'clock announcement.
Stores closed upon the signal of the
siren and ringing of church bells and
ninny residents attended special ser
vices atvthe Hertford Baptist church,
which began shortly after the signal.
Hertford was quiet as the day pro
gressed, most of the streets were de
serted and there was no hilarious
celebration. The official announce
ment of the end of the European war
came: as an anti-climax here. The
' premature report of peace two weeks
ago left a great majority of people
expecting the report to come any
day Then the news released on
Monday caused even more confusion.
The observance of V-E Day here
followed the program worked out
last Fall. Several stores, believing
that the official announcement would
be made Tuesday morning, did not
open at all and the remainder closed
promptly as the fire siren gave out its
waving blast. Many -residents went
- immediately to' church to offer
prayer for the ending of the war in
GRADUATES AT BAINBRIDGE
Cart WV Lewis) USNR, son of Mr.
s and Mrs. W. W. Lewis, of Hertford
" Route 4, graduated from the Quar
, termaster School at Balnbridge, Md.,
May;!. He spent the? week-end with
' his parents and, returned Sunday
night to await further orders. '
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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT ;
' Mr and Mrs; " Garland Lane an
nounce the birth of a daughter. Mar-
Sterrv, a : AtnU'V 26 Mother - and
daugh.jr are doing aiedy.fi; j ,
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( Mr. and Mm Louis 'Lane of Chap-
Snnke snnntinmi fha Ktrth at .m. Anntrh.
ter, we'-vt 9 pounds, born Tuesday
t.?y i. ; y.tt and . d.:r!;ter are
Tire Applicants At
OPA Office Dwindle
Applications for new tires fell off
somewhat at the local Ration office
during the past week, and only 18
motorists were issued permits to pur
chase new tires by the Board at a
meeting last Saturday.
Passenger type certificates were
issued to J. H. Winslow 2, J. P.
White 1, L. E. Winslow 1, Arba E
Winslow 1, ToriSmy Miller 2, Melton
Bryant 2, N. R. Powell 4, Geraldine
Powell 4, Ed Mathews 1, R. E. Math
ews 1, C. T. Rogerson 1 and W. F.
Truck type: E. N. Miller 2, C. W.
White 2, Floyd" Mathews 2, , Milton
Dail 1, Board of Education 2 and L.
B. Eiliott 2.
Marshal Stalin announced to al! the
Russians Tuesday evening of the
surrender of the Germans and the
ending of the war in Europe, which
took place officially at 6:01 P. M.
Tuesday, May 8. Reports from Eu
rope state the' Red Army cbntinued
to fight Nazis right up to the final
minute permitted under the sur
render terras. President Truman and
Prime Minister Churchill had already
proclaimed V-E Day in Washington
and London. In his speech Churchill
promised .tremendous blows by the
English against the Japanese in the
, ' The last fighting in the European
war took, place in Czechoslovakia,
where remnants of Nazi forces con
tinued to fight to the last. Ironically
it was this territory over which Hit
ler Jhwateweit .U.o, to war in 1938
prior to the Monich"conference which
appeased, the ' Germans and handed
Hitler the Sudatenland. Admiral
Doenitz, successor to Hitler as leader
in Germany, pronounced the end of
the war and told the German people
the Reich was a defeated nation.
However, the German leaders have
not admitted guilt for starting the
While most of the world celebrated
V-E Day heavy fighting was in pro
gress on the Pacific battle fronts.
The Japs launched an attack on
Daveo in the Philippines and gained
ground against American forces.
The battle for Okinawa showed no
signs of a let-up, as members of the
U. armed forces saw no reason to
celebne V-E Day. They all pro
claimed a tough job lies ahead in
downing the Japs. Australian forces
which invaded Borneo have made
gains and recaptured an important oil
center on that island. It was report
ed the Japs blasted the oil wells be
fore pulling out.
The conference at San Francisco
paused briefly to observe V-E Day,
out ,then continued its work on or
ganization of a world neace nlan.
The conference has been a-nintr well
during the week, except the disagree
ment over the Polish question. It
has been reported this problem has
been referred back to the heads of
American, British and Russian- gov
ernments to be ironed out when Tru
man, Churchill and Stalin meet, which
is expected soon.
Certain war-time restrictions are
expected to be lifted now that the
European war is over., The govern
ment has already announced the lift
ing of the brownout, and the ban
against horse racing "is expected to
be lifted this week. Rationing will
continue, although easing of some
commodities are expected. It has
been announced that OPA will raise
the amount of gasoline allotted A
coupon holders, but no date has been
given. Selective Service officials
have , stated there wilT be no easing
of draft quotas for the present The
Army is expected to release about
two million men durjng the. coming
year, but state nearly. seven million
men will be used against the Japs in
the war In the Pacific -
t VThe marriage of Stanley Kimbrell,
U&NR, and Mrs. Blanche Gilliam was
solemnised Saturday evening, April
28, with the Rer, Howard G. Dawk-
ins, pastor of the HlSrtford Baptist
Church ,officiattag.:4':;!-!Vrf -J
Mr8.SKimbrell Js tH daughter of
Mr.; and Mrs. Elmo; E.vCannon. . Mr.
Kimbrell, s, whose homers in Decatur,
Alabama,' - has? seen "service Itf the
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On Memorial Field
To Be Started Soon
Funds Now Available
For Lighted Field For
Construction work on I'erquimans
County's War Memorial athletic field
at the high school is expected to be
gin within a short time, according to
an announcement made this week by
the committee who sponsored tie
Sufficient funds have been collect
ed to construct a modern athletic
field at the high school, lighted to
provide for the playing of night fooi
ball and Ix.seball games, and the field
will be known as Memorial Field,
dedicated to Perquimans County men
and women who served as member!
of the armed forces during Worjd
According to plans drawn for th
field, it will be able to accommodate
a full size football field, baseball
diamond and soft "ball diamond. A
new fence enclosing the field will be
eiecteu as will DIeachers for both
baseball and football spectators :ji
shower house will also be erected far
the athletic teams engaged in play
ing. The project which began early ldst
winter, sponsored by the Hertfptd
civic clubs and -other interested crtt
zens, was well received by the pub
lic who contributed the funds for tR
erection of the Memorial Field, jt
is in line with the now popular Ba
tion-wide movement to provide living
memorials for veterans of this war,
rather than types propoed before
The field will be used by the youth
for years to come in a program de
signed to build up physical education
and health in the country.
The funds collected by public sub
scription will be turned over to the
Board of Education and the Building
Committee of the group, who will
oversee the construction of the field.
The building committee is composed
of Mayor V. Jt. Darden, J. H. Towe,
W. H. Pitt, A. W. Hefren, F. T. Britt
and Clinton Ely, who will work with
the Board of Education in carrying
out the plans for the field.
It is expected that the field will be
ready for use by the high school foot
ball team when the season opens
next fall, if not sner.
New Road Official
Meets County Board
. Merrill Evans, recently appointed
as a member of the State Highway
commission representing the First
Division, was a visitor at the meet
ing of the Board of County Comms
sioners held on Mondav. He told
the Board he appreciated the support
ne naa received toward his appoint
ment and added that Governor
Gregg' Cherry, meeting with the
Highway Commission recently, told
that group that "secondary roads
should .be an important factor in the
next highway program."
The Commissioners authorized
County Accountant W. F. C Edwards
to purchase a total of $50,000 worth
of war bonds during tjie present war
bond drive. The money available for
this purpose is being set aside for
the construction of school buildings
after the war -and the payment on
bonded indebtedness, and does not
On motion ordered G. C. Buck was
renamed Rabies Inspector for the
county for a period, of one year.
The county board also drew names
for the jury box for the next four
year period. Persons whose names
were placed in the jury box will be
subject to jury service providing
their names are drawn prior to each
term of court
Dr. D. C. Hackett of the Health
Department presented a proposed
budget for the next fiscal year, but
no action was taken on this matter
as' the county budget will not be
drawn until the meeting in July.
JCC3 C!uh Members
The first list of members of the
County's 1800 Club, those who have
purchased ft $100 war bond to help
jut Perquimans over the top in the
Seventh War Loan, was released to
day by R. M. Riddick,. chairman of
ihe War Finance Committee as fol-
R. M. Riddick, t. P? Morris, Mrs.
JV.-G. Wright, W. C Holldwell, A. W.
Hefren, My J. .Gregory, Milton Bail,
Mm ? Jafcef: T. A White, ? Mnt George
Jackson, fleorge Jackson,' Mrs. E. M.
Riddick, V.'N. Darden, D. S.. Darden,
S. P; Mathews and , M. unf,;
With Coast Guard
In Okinawa Battle
Survivor of Vessel Sunk
In Atlantic Tells of
Aboard a Coast Guard Manned LST
Off Okinawa Shima J Special) A
hero of the sinking of the famo:l
Coast Guard combat cutter Hamilton,
when she was torpedoed in the
North Atlantic, David L. Chappell,
Ship's Cook First Class, of Belvi
dere, North Carolina, has returned te
action; this time in Ahe Pacific.
Chappell, acting chief
steward aboard this Coast Guard
manned LST, recently participated in
the initial amphibious landing opera
tions on Okinawa Shima, Japanese
homeland territory located only :i-10
miles from the Nip mainland.
During general quarters the Belvi
dere Coast Guardsman deserted his
galley and took his battle station in
gun tub four, where he serves as
loader on one of the deadly 40 mm
None of our guns had an opportu- i
nity to fire until L plus five, as the
Nip planes were unable to get
through our outer ring of defense.
But on L plus five nine Jap dive '
bombers managed to sneak through,
and at last the guns on the Coast
Guard and Navy LST's in the area
opened up, and within a few moments
all of the planes had been shot out of
the sky," stated Chappell.
Summing up the Okinawa invasion,
the acting chief said, "We had ex
pected a lot of action on L day, but
when the day was over we hadn't
seen a bit. There were no planes in
the sky, and outside of two machine
gun nests on the beach, we received
no land opposition. Assault troops
swept inland several miles before
running into small Jap sniper groups.
The lack of aerial resistance really
proved a puzzle. I guess that our
landing so close to their homeland
caught them by surprise", or else the
terrific pre-invasion shelling and
bombardment must have driven them
up into the hills," he added.
A native of Belvidere, Chappell
enlisted in the Coast Guard on No
vember 3, 1940, and received his
boot training at Curtis Bay, Md.
Leaving boot camp, he was as
signed aboard the cutter
Hamilton, ajid served aboard her for
15 months until she was torpedoed
by a Nazi sub in the North Atlantic
on the night of January 2!, 1942.
"One torpedo hit midships, and we
lost 26 men who were sleeping just
after getting olf watch," related ;
Chappell. "At the time we were hit
we were about ten miles off Ice
land, and were on convoy duty with
a destroyer. The torpedo tore a big
gap in our bulkhead but it didn't
sink us. The following day we had
taken on so much water that it was
necessary for the destroyer to put a
fiSh in us and send the old Hamilton
to the bottom.';
Chappell described how his first
thoughts were of his wife and moth
er. "I can't explain it," said Chap,
"but their visions just popped into
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Fen Negro Selectees
Up For Prandiiction
Ten Negro selectees have been or
dered to report to the local Draft
offices on May 16 to leave for Fort
Bragg for pre-induction examina
tions, Mrs. Ruth Sumner, clerk of the
Board, announced this week.
The selectees ordered up include
Jerry Williams, William Turner,
James Jordan, Mathew Harris,
George Lindsay, Preston Thatch,
James Lee, Cornelius Sharp, Johnnie
Davis and Horace Brothers.
This will be the second group given
pre-induction examinations from this
county this month and two more calls,
both for induction, are on file at the
Draft office to be filled this month.
Fifteen colored selectees will leave
for induction on May 21 and ten
white men will leave on May 29.
AWARDED PURPLE HEART
Capt. Fenton Butler, son of Mrs.
George Butler, has been awarded the
Purple Heart, according to word re
ceived here this week. Capt. Butler
is stationed in the European Theater
MOTHER'S DAY PROGRAM
A Mother's Day program will be
presented at the Methodist Church
Sunday night, May 13, at 8 o'clock,
honoring the boys and gtrie from the
church who are serving in the armed
j forces. ; The public is invited.
PRESIDENT TRUMAN PROCLAIMS SUNDAY
MAY 13 AS DAY OF PRAYER AS WAR ENDS
Rotary Gub Names
Hertford's Kotary Club voted Tues
day night to continue sponsorship of
the Boy Scout Troop and named a
Scout Committee to handle the de
tails in connection with the local Hoy
Scouts. The committee named in
cluded Dr. A. I!. Bonner, chairman,
K. T. Britt and Max Campbell.
The club voted to assume responsi
bility for selling $J.",000 worth of E
war bonds during the Seventh War
Loan drive now in progress.
Guests of the club at the meeting
ivi'ii' llii ti'v A 1 1 j. i-1 Minims and the
,,., ii,,.u,.,i n,,,, Wi,ic Miae Mar-
garet I'earson sang a solo as part
of the V-E program held.
For High School
F. T. Johnson, County School Sup
erintendent, announced today that E.
C. Woodard, superintendent of Cur
rituck County Schools for the past
two years, had been elected as prin
cipal of Perquimans County High
School for the
year beginning next
: election was made I
by the School Committee at a meet- ;
ing held Tuesday night.
In addition to serving as principal j
at the high school, Mr. Woodard will j
also serve as district principal and j
will be in charge of the Hertford,:
Central and New Hope grammar!
Mr. Woodard will come to Per-j
quimans on high recommendations.
He is a graduate of the I'niversity
of North Carolina and formerly
taught schools at Chowan and ind -
sor before going to Currituck, lit
was available for the position here
due to Currituck's former superin
tendent being released from the
armed forces and returning to re
sume the post as superintendent.
The action taken by the school
committee, which is composed of H.
C. Stokes, chairman, A. W. Hefren,
seennary, v.iarence v.. nnppcii, ivi-iii
! win II
Eure and Dr. K. S. White, af- i
firmed by the Board of Kducation at
a meeting Wednesday.
Mr. Woodard is married and
one child. He expects to move
j ing tin
some time dur-
In Recess Tuesday
I'erquimans County's Heconko's
Court recessed its regular term on
Tuesday of this week in observance j
of V-E Day. Judge Charles E. John-
son announced that all cases docket
ed for hearing this week were con
tinued to the May 14 term, and ad
vised all defendants and witnesses to
note this change of date for hear
ings scheduled for last Tuesday.
A number of cases were on the
docket for this week, but the major
ity were for traffic violations. Local
police report very little activity dur
ing the past week.
OPA Announces New
Shoe Stamp Soon
To help housewives and others in
budgeting their remaining shoe
stamps to fit the family needs, OPA
District Director Theodore S. John
son has announced that another shoe
stamp will be valid on August 1 for
one pair of shoes per ration book
The number of the new stamp has
not yet been selected, but will be an
nounced hefore August 1, he said.
Airplane stamps 1, 2 and 3 are now
good and will continue valid indef
initely, he added.
Ernest White Wins
Inf. Combat Badge
Pvt. Ernest White, husband of
Mrs. Annie Maude White of Hertford
Route 3, has been awarded the Com
bat Infantry Badge after participat
ing in the Colmar campaign in the
European .heater of War, according
to an announcement received here
Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis Perry of
Windsor announce the birth of a
daughter,v Joan Gregory, born Fri
day, May. 4th. Mother and daughter
are doing nicely. Mrs. Perry before
her marriage was Miss Haddie
Announcement of Sur
render of Germany
Made Tuesday; Nazis
Quit on Monday; Japs
To Race Full Frce
President Harry S. Truman, in an
nouncing the unconditional surrender
of Germany, thus ending the Euro
pean phase of World War II, pro
claimed Sunday, May Bl, as a Day of
Prayer and be urged all people of
this nation to attend their church on
that date and offer thanks for the
ending of the hostilities in Kurope
and to pray for the men who di.'d
that victory might be won.
Special services are being ar
ranged at local churches for Sunday
in connection with the Day of Prayer
observance and each church cordially
invites everybody to attend the ser
The President's announcement of
! the Nazi surrender was made Tues
' day morning at 9 o'clock, simultan-
eously with similar announcements in
London and Moscow, although the
j actual terms were signed by the 'Ger
' mans at Rhienis, France, at 2:35
I o'clock, French time, on Monday,
May 7, ending the war after five
years, eight months and six days of
the greatest bloodshed and destruc
tion the world has ever seen.
The news of the surrender was re-
porteu unofficially Monday afternoon
h. i:,.I,r;,i Kispnhnwer's headauar-
ters refused to confirm the report,
and for its greatest news scoop in
history, the Associated Press was
suspended temporarily from activity
in Kurope. However, this suspension
was lifted Tuesday.
The European pari of World War
ill, which began with the mvasio.i o:
Poland by the Germans in Septembe: ,
19:19, ended when the German chief
i of stall', Col. -Gen. Jodl, appeared at
' General Kisenhower's headquarters,
1 a little red brick school house in
l'l'aiui, and signed
rticles after :l(i hour:
: of ron-
th' best the
a period was
ever seen; it
if Europe and controlled all
capitals except London and
and the four neutral na-
General Eisenhower wa not pres
ent at th" actual signing of the sur
render, but later received the Ger
man admiral, Von Friedburg. The
Germans stated the terms of sur
render f.ore harsh hut called upon the
German people to accept the burden
because there was nothing else left
for them to do.
Ilepnrts Tuesday morning stated
that German elements in Czecho
slovakia were still fighting on orders
of a Nazi leader, who defied the Ger
man order to cease firing, but these
troops are expected to be liquidated
President Truman in his announce
ment of the surrender reminded the
American people that the peace in
Europe docs not end the entire war.
i for the Japanese continue to fight on
l in the Pacific. He called upon all
Americans to continue to work at
their war jobs and stated that the
full force of American might would
be thrown against the Japs to speed
victory as soon as possible.
Monday To Decide
A special election called by the
County Hoard of Elections to deter
mine whether or not a certain tract
of land at the western limits of the
Town of Hertford shall be incorpor
ated into the town will be held Mon
day, May 14.
Persons eligible to vote in the
election are those residing in the
Town of Hertford and the area af
fected by the election. The proposed
extension of the Town's limits was
voted by the General Assembly last
February, subject to the outcome of
the ejection next week.
The polls will open at the Court
House in Hertford from 6:30 A. M.
to 6:30 P. M. Eastern Standard
time, or 7:80 to 7:30 Eastern War
At the time the bill was passed by
the Legislature it was understood
there was little opposition to the
proposal. However, since that time
several property owners have voiced
objections. The outcome will be de
cided by the votes cast on Monday.
Eligible voters are urged to vote in
the election and to remember the
time the polis will be open.